The Saint Paul Public Library, which provided virtual and limited in-person services throughout the pandemic, has increased its indoor open hours and resumed most of its in-person events and programs, which will be held outdoors. Current services include:

  • Free outdoor in-person events and programs, including story times. Summer Spark, the library’s summer reading and learning program, runs through August 31 and offers events and activities, prizes, and a free book to keep for youths age 18 and younger. The library will continue to offer some virtual events.  
  • Free outdoor Wi-Fi access in areas adjacent to library buildings. Staff at each library can provide details.
  • Library visitors may browse without time limits and check out books, DVDs, music and more. People can apply for a library card in-person or online.
  • Space and furniture for visitors to read, study, work and meet is now available, including public computers and free Wi-Fi. Meeting rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional library services can be found at Masks are welcome in library buildings and are encouraged for staff and visitors who are not fully vaccinated. Social distancing is also encouraged.


Photo by Brad Stauffer


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